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April S.

Cooperstown, NY

$45/hr

Enthusiastic Teacher with 10 Years of Classroom Experience

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Background check passed as of 3/19/14

Enthusiastic Teacher with 10 Years of Classroom Experience

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After teaching full time for a decade, I now stay at home with my two young children. I recently moved from Pennsylvania to New York, and my teaching experience was primarily in the Philadelphia suburbs.

I tutored my own students extensively throughout my career. I have also worked as a community coordinator for a volunteer English as a Second Language program, and have worked with underprivileged students in an after-school tutoring program that I ran. I am PA certified in Social Studies (grades 7-12) and have taught World History, World Cultures, and American History. I have always been flexible, and willing to help the students in my study halls in Mathematics, Science, or in any area needed.

I am PA certified in Spanish (K-12) and have taught Spanish I and II, as well as a level II college class. As part of my master's degree program in Spanish, I participated in study abroad experiences in Peru, Spain and Mexico. I also have six years' experience as an English-Spanish interpreter and translator.

As the sponsor of our school's peer mentoring team, and the co-chair of our advisory committee, I worked extensively to develop lessons addressing test preparation, study strategies, and learning styles. As a student advisor, I led meetings with all members of a student's learning team, and created integrated plans for their future success. I am a strong communicator, and know how to help parents to help their children. Education is my joy and delight, and I look forward to sharing that excitement with you and your child!

"Perfect for us!"

- Sue, Pittsburgh, PA on 4/11/12

"April went above and beyond!"

- Jeffrey, Ambridge, PA on 8/22/13

"Great tutor!"

- Barb, Pittsburgh, PA on 5/13/13

"Excellent Teacher!"

- Kasia, Cranberry Twp, PA on 6/16/12

"Very good"

- Lauren, Pittsburgh, PA on 4/11/12

"April S. is fantastic"

- Ed, Pittsburgh, PA on 4/10/12

"Great tutor!!"

- Joe, Mars, PA on 12/14/11
Science:
Biology
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
GED,
Praxis,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Algebra 1

Though I would not prefer to exclusively tutor Algebra I, I would be happy to include math while tutoring other subjects. I was a strong math student, and I tutored my middle school students in all subject areas. More recently, I have tutored a number of students in math and have seen them make significant improvement after working with me.

American History

I have a Social Studies degree concentrating in History, and am state certified to teach grades 7-12. I have focused on world history for the past six years, but I taught US history for three years, and can easily tutor a student in American history as well.

Biology

While the sciences are not my focus, I have helped students to master basic science concepts throughout my career. I have always found biology to be especially engaging, and (within the sciences) have the most experience tutoring this particular field of study.

English

I have taught English as a Second Language for approximately 15 years as a volunteer. In my studies for my History degree and state teacher certifications, I obviously needed to be able to express myself well in English. In my extended studies of the Spanish language, I have come to understand English grammar much more deeply.

ESL/ESOL

I have volunteered as an English tutor throughout most of my adult life, indeed, beginning as a seventeen year old freshman in college. For approximately eight years, I served as the coordinator for our church's community ESL classes. I have experience tutoring students at all proficiency levels and have trained other ESL tutors in instructional methods. I recently completed my master's thesis on second language acquisition, as part of my MA in Spanish.

GED

I have tutored students in all major content areas for some time, and have extensive experience in test preparation for the SAT and teacher certification exams. I have worked with high school students, college students, and graduate students in a variety of content areas. I can certainly help an adult student to achieve a passing score on the GED. I would look forward to the opportunity to help a young adult to attain his or her dreams.

Geography

In my non-Western World Cultures and History class, we spent a great deal of time studying the geography of Southwest Asia, North Africa, Sub-saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Latin America.

Geometry

Geometry was always my favorite math class. I was always a strong math student, and completed study through calculus. While I would prefer to tutor math in conjunction with other subjects, I am fully competent to tutor your child in Geometry.

Grammar

Between teaching and studying the Spanish language and teaching ESL as a volunteer, I have studied linguistics, phonetics, and other aspects of the structure of language. I recently completed a master's thesis that was focused on second language acquisition and how to help students to learn the structure of language.

Literature

I began college as an English major and, though I changed to History and Spanish within my freshman year, I have always been an avid reader. I love classic British and American literature, and my Spanish MA has included extensive study and analysis of Spanish and Latin American literature.

Praxis

I took the general Praxis exams, as well as subject-specific exams in Social Studies and Spanish to become certified as an educator by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. My scores on all tests (including general knowledge) were well above average, and far exceeded the minimum scores required to pass (usually by 30-40 points). I have tutored three Praxis students since working with WyzAnt, and all three have been very pleased with my work. I am aware of the recent changes to Pennsylvania's testing requirements, and have also developed materials to use in preparation for the PAPA.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra and algebra have always interested me as fascinating ways to look at the world, identifying unknowns and following rational steps to quantify those unknown variables. I would be happy to help your child with prealgebra.

Proofreading

After ten years of grading essays and other student work, I can identify errors in writing samples fairly quickly. I have always tried to coach my students as writers by not only pointing out mistakes but modeling and explaining how to make their writing more interesting, clear, and grammatically accurate.

Reading

Understanding what one reads is foundational to growing as a student. As a history teacher, I gave frequent reading quizzes and spent extensive time in class training my middle school students to read nonfiction materials effectively.

Religion

In my non-Western World Cultures and History class, I spent significant time in each unit discussing the dominant religions of each region studied. I have taught extensively about Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Hinduism.

SAT Reading

While I took the SAT many years ago, I did extremely well on the reading section of the test when I took it. Since that time, I have devoted much of my life to language, as a Spanish teacher, linguistics student, and English as a Second Language tutor. I am a strong reader and have frequently helped students to develop effective decoding techniques and memory strategies for vocabulary.

SAT Writing

I have devoted much of my time and energy to growing as a writer, whether in English or in Spanish. I have helped second language students learn to express themselves in English, and have helped my history students to write well in their first language. I often proofread submissions to newsletters and other small community and church publications because I have a strong command of English grammar and appropriate form and style.

Social Studies

I have a degree in Social Studies education, and am PA certified to teach Social Studies to grades 7-12. I also have nine years of experience teaching a variety of courses in the social sciences. I can help you or your child in this subject area.

Spanish

I am fluent in Spanish. I have taught Spanish for ten years, have my MA in Spanish, and have studied in Spain, Peru and Mexico. I have served as a volunteer English-Spanish interpreter and translator and have devoted much of my life to mastering this beautiful, enchanting language.

Spelling

I have always been a strong speller, and, because of my work in both the English and Spanish languages, usually see patterns and rules that can help students to master spelling. As part of my ESL program, I often taught phonics to non-native speakers, with the goal of making our crazy English spelling system a little more manageable for them.

Study Skills

As an advisor to seventh grade students for seven years, I developed countless lessons on study skills and test preparation. As the co-chair of our school's advisory committee, I also helped other teachers to create similar lessons for grades 6-9.

TOEFL

I have tutored students in English as a Second Language for most of my adult life. While all of my experience has been as a volunteer, I have often taken a leading role in coordinating small (church-based) community ESL programs. My formal education and professional training is in Spanish foreign language education; however, my master's thesis focused on second language acquisition in general, and my years of professional experience as a Spanish teacher have always helped me immensely in my work as an ESL tutor. I am familiar with the TOEFL, and have worked with TOEFL students in the past.

Vocabulary

I have always had a fairly well developed vocabulary because I read extensively and love words. Being fluent in Spanish has helped me to decipher Latin-based English words and has expanded my English vocabulary as well.

World History

I taught non-Western World history for six years. My knowledge of European history is not as fresh, but I have a degree in Social Studies with a concentration in history, and taught European history for two years.

Writing

As I mentioned in the proofreading description, I have always sought to coach my students as writers. Expressing oneself well in writing is critical to almost any academic pursuit. In addition to helping students to write essays and research papers, I enjoy creative writing and blogging.

West Chester University
Social Studies BS Ed
West Chester U, Spanish MA
Master's

Education

West Chester University (Social Studies BS Ed)

West Chester U, Spanish MA (Master's)

Perfect for us! — April is just what I was looking for and is a perfect fit for tutoring my 9th grade daughter. April is timely, organized, patient and thorough. We hired April to work on my daughter's weak time management skills and poor test scores. My daughter is now more prepared for class, and she acknowledges that she's more familiar with the subject material. We are starting to see improvement in the test sc ...

— Sue, Pittsburgh, PA on 4/11/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

April will travel within 25 miles of Cooperstown, NY 13326.


About April

After teaching full time for a decade, I now stay at home with my two young children. I recently moved from Pennsylvania to New York, and my teaching experience was primarily in the Philadelphia suburbs.

I tutored my own students extensively throughout my career. I have also worked as a community coordinator for a volunteer English as a Second Language program, and have worked with underprivileged students in an after-school tutoring program that I ran. I am PA certified in Social Studies (grades 7-12) and have taught World History, World Cultures, and American History. I have always been flexible, and willing to help the students in my study halls in Mathematics, Science, or in any area needed.

I am PA certified in Spanish (K-12) and have taught Spanish I and II, as well as a level II college class. As part of my master's degree program in Spanish, I participated in study abroad experiences in Peru, Spain and Mexico. I also have six years' experience as an English-Spanish interpreter and translator.

As the sponsor of our school's peer mentoring team, and the co-chair of our advisory committee, I worked extensively to develop lessons addressing test preparation, study strategies, and learning styles. As a student advisor, I led meetings with all members of a student's learning team, and created integrated plans for their future success. I am a strong communicator, and know how to help parents to help their children. Education is my joy and delight, and I look forward to sharing that excitement with you and your child!

Testimonials

"Perfect for us!"

- Sue, Pittsburgh, PA on 4/11/12

"April went above and beyond!"

- Jeffrey, Ambridge, PA on 8/22/13

"Great tutor!"

- Barb, Pittsburgh, PA on 5/13/13

"Excellent Teacher!"

- Kasia, Cranberry Twp, PA on 6/16/12

"Very good"

- Lauren, Pittsburgh, PA on 4/11/12

"April S. is fantastic"

- Ed, Pittsburgh, PA on 4/10/12

"Great tutor!!"

- Joe, Mars, PA on 12/14/11

Education

West Chester University
Social Studies BS Ed
West Chester U, Spanish MA
Master's

Education

West Chester University (Social Studies BS Ed)

West Chester U, Spanish MA (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Cooperstown, NY 13326

April’s Subjects

Science:
Biology
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
GED,
Praxis,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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